2017 Advocacy Agenda Targets Labor Costs, Workforce and Transportation

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s 2017 Advocacy Agenda made its debut last night in front of nearly 300 members and a record number of elected leaders.  The capacity crowd filled Pettibones Grille at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo for a night of networking and policy conversation.

As the regional chamber of commerce and leading employer organization in Western New York, our Advocacy Agenda details nearly two dozen policy priorities we will be working on this year. The priorities identified within the agenda were determined through a comprehensive survey completed by members of the Partnership, as well as the specific policy objectives of our four key industry councils. The agenda is divided into five broad policy areas: Taxes & Labor Costs, Development & Construction, Workforce Development, Transportation & Infrastructure and Investing in Buffalo Niagara.

“Through active member engagement we have identified key priorities on the federal, state and local level that are critical to employers and our shared goals of creating jobs and economic opportunity,” said Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

  • Highlights of our Advocacy Agenda include: t Workers’ Compensation Reform
  • Ridesharing in Upstate New York
  • Elimination of the 18-a Utility Tax
  • Increased Tourism Funding
  • County and Town Industrial Development Authority (IDA) Policy Alignment with Buffalo Niagara’s Regional Growth Plan (One Region Forward)
  • Scaffold Law Reform
  • Reauthorization of Federal Workforce Development Legislation
  • Increased Private Sector Representatives on Local Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
  • International Boarder Efficiency
  • Transportation Funding Parity Support for SUNY 2020

“We look forward to working with our dedicated members and our elected officials to accomplish as many of the priorities as possible over the course of the year to build a better, stronger Buffalo Niagara,” Gallagher-Cohen told last night’s crowd.

You can see the full agenda by clicking here.

As part of the Advocacy Agenda, the Partnership identified a list of economic development projects through a collaboration with the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls along with the counties of Erie and Niagara. This year’s list of Regional Priority Projects focuses on critical transportation infrastructure projects with both direct and sustainable economic development impact.

  • Agriculture Industrial Park with Complete Streets & Intermodal Connectivity (Erie County)
  • Cars Sharing Main Street Completion (City of Buffalo)
  • Lower Mountain Road/Bond Lake Access Improvements (Niagara County)
  • Niagara Scenic Parkway Restoration & Hyde Park Roundabout (City of Niagara Falls)
  • Transit Options Amherst Corridor & Canalside/Cobblestone (Buffalo Niagara Partnership)

We want to thank all of our Government Affairs sponsors for their support last night and throughout the year: BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (Title Sponsor); AT&T, Charter Communication and National Grid (Presenting Sponsors); Delta, National Fuel and Waste Management (Event Sponsors); Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY, LaBella Associates and Niagara University (Supporting Sponsors); Zenger Group (Print Sponsor); and Rich’s (Venue Sponsor).

For more information about our agenda or how you can get involved in Government Affairs work, please contact Grant Loomis.

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